Attila Soos wrote:
John Dixon wrote:
Now when I see a bonsai, I can appreciate the "vigor" of the younger stock, but it is woefully second to the "respect" the ancient ones invoke with their mere presence
Beautiful point you've made with the example from the army (looks like you can make ANY point, using examples from the army...just kidding).
But here is another example from life.
The other day I was out in my backyard, it was a beautiful morning, with sunshine and the fresh green lawn. And my two year-old son was out there, playing with my black shaggy dog. They were chasing each other and rolling in the grass. As I watched them, it almost brought tears in my eyes, it was so beautiful, all that youth, happiness, and innocence.
It wasn't awe-inspiring, respect-commanding, it was just incredibly beautiful. A different kind of beauty from what you've described.
Was this beauty inferior to the ruggedness of old age?
I just re-read your post and feel you deserve a response. It sounds like a wonderful sight you witnessed. I'm happy that you could witness such a beautiful sight. Those words speak volumes. I do not mean to distract from it in the least.
Now, of all the subjects you described only your son had an "age" noted. What about the rest? The grass; is it a new lawn or an established one that is just greening up? The sunshine is from a star millions upon millions of years old (I forget exactly, but doesn't it take "sunshine" eighteen minutes to reach earth?). The shaggy dog is how old?
In my opinion, your synopsis of the event does not elicit any evidence of "youth", save the most important part...your son (kudos for being a good father, as I feel certain you are). Renewal of life, yes, but not youth. I am not in dispute with your personal belief, I just see it differently.
Wabi-Sabi possibly? I don't know that I have the intelligence to reduce into words the feelings of such sights. What I am certain of is that I can recognize when they are occurring. I guess I would rather be a good student than a mediocre teacher.
BTW, it was a wonderful article of yours recently threaded by Andy. Maybe one day I will experience enlightenment.
Warmest regards to you, your family, and the members of this forum,